Regulation 6

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Maximum working hours, overtime, weekly rest and leave

Regulation 6 sets out the normal hours of work for night workers, which may not exceeed an average of 8 hours per day, to be calculated on a 17-week average.

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Regulation 6(1): 

A night worker’s normal hours of work shall not exceed an average of eight hours for each 24 hours.

Regulation 6(2):

An employer shall take all reasonable steps to ensure the limit in paragraph (1) is complied with in the case of each night worker employed by him.

Regulation 6(3):

The average is calculated over a 17 week period.

Law / United Kingdom / Working Time Regulations 1998

The Working Time Regulations set the maximum working hours per week, for regular and night-workers.  The Regulations include an “opt-out” through written agreement, as well as exclusions for certain sectors.

The Regulations implement the EU Working Time Directive 2008/88/EC.  The European Commission is currently reviewing this Directive, due to the frequent usage of the “opt-out” provision, particularly by large organisations.